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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-10-2010, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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I like motorcycles and have riden them for about 30 years. I am interested, now that I have and really like my ForTwo passion coupe, as to how many of you realize that their is a certain similarity, sans performance, between this little gem and a cycle. Same sense of adventure and accomplishment upon reaching a far destination. Is it only me?

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Motorcycling was fun... for many years.
But the advantages of a roof, heat & A/C make the smart so much more... comfy. Not to mention esp©, ABS, CBC, BAS, ESC, ETC & HSA. (see smart fortwo active safety features)
Driving them does have similarities indeed.

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I also rode a bike for about 30 years. I sold it about 10 years ago. When I got my Smart, a lot of the old biking memories started to come back.

The Smart is a pleasant replacement.
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I haven't been on a bike since I luckily escaped serious injury in a wreck in my late teens. BUT, I think I do know what you mean, a the sense of achievement I used to get on long bicycle trips. I've talked with a number of bikers (motorcyclists) since I got my smart and they usually seem very interested in the car. I talked to one guy beside the road at Deal's Gap for a good 20 minutes. He might be a buyer! I also often get approving gestures from bikers in traffic (thumbs up, peace signs, etc.)


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I rode a bike for a long time, 25 years, but gave it up about 5 years ago when I moved way back on a dirt road.

I'm sure you've noticed riders are very accepting of the smart. Seems like 75% of all bikes that pass wave.



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Couple of years ago I took my smart to Laughlin instead of the HD, but I made sure to put a sticker on the rear window. Lots of thumbs up. Agree with all the above, only ride the bike now when all the conditions are perfect: no traffic, sun shining but not too hot, minimum protection like helmet and long pants. My only regret, wish the smart accelerated like my V-Rod...
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I always said that my smart is a motorcycle with doors.
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I don't understand the "sense of ... accomplishment after reaching a far destination."

Because the smart is an effortless traveler, I've never felt I'm accomplishing anything different in the smart by driving cross country or taking road trips of a few hours distance that I wouldn't accomplish in a Wrangler or Z4 roadster or any other regular car.

The smart's a joy to drive. It keeps me dry, protected, and smiling. And no bugs in my teeth.
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Having ridden for the past 40 years (Wow, I am getting long in the tooth ;-)), most of it in the Washington D.C. area, I think I can relate to the "sense of ... accomplishment after reaching a far destination.", but I would probably call it a sense of adventure. Bikers (at least the ones who grow old) tend to be more focused on everything around them, watching for the right turn on Red or the driver's head motions indicating a turn or lane change. Most trips are highlighted by at least one scare or at least an avoided scare by guessing what was going to happen. I find the experience in the smart to be similar. I tend to drive fast, many people with ADD do, it keeps the mind busy and focused on the task of driving or riding. Now the average driver around here is too busy reading the paper, texting, eating, talking on the phone or whatever to bother noticing a bike or something small like a smart (occasionally something large like a dump truck) coming along side, so they tend to just move where ever they desire. A bike or a smart is very maneuverable, so if you are paying attention and don't wish to be hit (for what ever reason) you have a good chance of avoiding these encounters. For a biker driving the smart is much like riding his/her bike, the sense of adventure and challenge of survival are the same (wish the acceleration was ). I guess if you drive a smart like the Zombies around here drive, you could just relax and trust in your tridon cell, personally, I'd rather not get hit ;-).
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I don't think it's a matter of accomplishment, but more of an "In Your Face" to the non-believers, and critics.
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